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Project Attorney


Portsmouth, NH, US Kittery, ME, US

Requisition ID: 129422 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Legal 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview


We are seeking a highly talented individual for the position of Project Attorney for a federal $1.5B+ mega-project located in the Portsmouth, NH area.
Do you want to partner with business executives in constructing work?  Would you like to be an integral part of the team tasked with building this important work?  If you want to step into a role with a huge impact, this is your chance! 

At Kiewit, the scale of our operations is huge. Our construction and engineering projects span across the United States, Canada and Mexico, improving and connecting communities with every initiative.  We depend on our high-performing operations support professionals — they’re the glue that holds multiple areas of the business together and the catalysts that make things happen. We hire only the most driven people and we offer them diverse career opportunities, strong leadership and mentorship, rewarding, collaborative work, and responsibility they won’t find just anywhere. We’re always pushing new limits. You can too. 


This position is based out of Portsmouth, NH.


  • Represent the Project Joint Venture – consisting of Kiewit as the Managing Party and its two joint venture partners – when interfacing with outside stakeholders 
  • Report to the Assistant General Counsel for Kiewit’s Eastern District
  • Daily direct interface with senior project executives from all Joint Venture members on all matters concerning the Project
  • Key member of the Project’s senior management team
  • Provide comprehensive oversight of all legal matters concerning the Project and provide a full range of timely and responsive legal advice and support to the Project
  • Assist in implementation, and audit, of Project cost accounting methods and documentation to assure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Review and negotiation of subcontracts and material contracts, surety bonds, settlement agreements and releases, confidentiality agreements, miscellaneous right-of-way agreements, leases and financial instruments
  • Manage legal issues associated with vendor management, including defaults, collection matters, personnel issues, etc.
  • Evaluate legal issues in light of business objectives, and offer practical alternative solutions to legal issues
  • Possess substantive legal expertise appropriate for specifics of the Project
  • Participate in application of Kiewit Compliance Program to the Project
  • Participate in Contract Administration Program related to the Project, including Change Orders and claims
  • Participation in change orders, claim preparation/reviews, audits and investigations
  • Assist with disputes, mediations, arbitrations and litigation related to the Project
  • Act as interface with various Kiewit home office departments, and corresponding home office departments of the other joint venture members, including Legal, Environmental, Audit, Risk Management, Real Estate, Tax and Treasury with respect to the Project
  • Coordinate with the internal stakeholders and subject matter experts relative to the commercial/legal aspects and risks of the Project
  • Coordinate negotiations on major subcontracts with the business lead and internal supply network lead
  • Coordinate with the internal supply network lead to ensure the prime contract terms flow down to the respective subcontracts, material supply contracts, etc. as applicable
  • Provide and/or coordinate training for Project employees of select commercial and legal topics



  • Ability to live near or spend majority of time working out of the Project office in Portsmouth, NH
  • Admission to a State Bar Association
  • J.D. or LL. B Degree from an accredited law school
  • Complete fluency in English
  • 5 to 7 years of demonstrated legal experience with a major contractor, engineer, law firm or internal legal department in the areas of federal construction law, cost accounting procedures and contract administration
  • United States citizen
  • Ability to obtain required security clearances subject to FBI background check
  • Ability to provide proof of COVID vaccination
  • Ability to access areas of active construction site with uneven terrain and unfinished work including marine environments
  • Ability to travel as may be required
  • Excellent communication skills; with the ability to clearly and concisely express legal issues and analysis as it pertains to the Project to executive management and colleagues 
  • Self-driven and resourceful to achieve goals independently as well as in groups
  • Flexibility to adjust and thrive in an environment with changing requirements, schedules and priorities
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills

Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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